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Thursday, 23 June 1949

Mr TURNBULL (Wimmera) .- The committee is considering an amend ment moved by the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page) to clause 8. The clause itself reads - (1.) The Commissioner shall be assisted by two Associate Commissioners, each of whom shall be appointed by the Governor-General.

As amended, the clause would read as follows : - (1.) The Commissioner shall be assisted by three Associate Commissioners, who shall be appointed by the Governors of New South Wales, Victoria a/id South Australia, respectively.

I am anxious that the water and power which the scheme will make available shall be provided as soon as possible, so I support the bill, but that does not prevent me from supporting the amendment which, I believe, would enable the country to obtain all the advantages that the scheme can provide, while. preventing the concentration of power in Canberra. Under the amendment the States, whose people will provide the cash, and receive most of the benefits, will have a say in the direction of the work, and in the disposal of the power and water.

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